The banning of books, any books, has always been anathema to Marash Girl, akin to the burning of books. Perhaps, you say, Marash Girl has spent too much of her life living with antiquarian books, saving them from the trash, from the recycle bins, from the bonfires, refurbishing them and selling them to folks who value books as the history of thought, as a source of inspiration, as beautiful objects, as old friends, as comforters.
At the end of November, 2011, Walter Reed Hospital (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, DC) issued a memorandum updating caretakers on changes in patient visitation rules: "No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading material and/or artifacts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit." Huh? Could this have been for real? Well, thankfully it was only "for real" until December 9, 2011, when the hospital issued the following statement: "The visitation policy as written was incorrect and should have been more thoroughly reviewed before its release. It has been rescinded."
One can only wonder who slipped that little "rule" into the book of rules at Walter Reed Hospital and why.